The United States, U.S’ Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries.
The court accepted the government’s argument that the ban was within the president’s power to craft national security policy and his authority to “suspend entry of aliens into the United States”.
This marked a significant victory for the Trump administration and a blow to anti-discrimination advocates.
The 5-4 ruling, with the court’s five conservatives in the majority and Chief Justice John Roberts writing the decision, ends for now a fierce fight in the courts over whether the policy represented an unlawful Muslim ban.
Writing for the court, Roberts said that the government “has set forth a sufficient national security justification” to prevail.
“We express no view on the soundness of the policy,” he added.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a dissent that based on the evidence in the case, “a reasonable observer would conclude that the proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus.”
She said her colleagues arrived at the opposite result by “ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.”
Minutes after the ruling was issued, Trump tweeted: “SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP TRAVEL BAN. Wow!”
Opponents of the ban have said it has not made the country safer, while singling out Muslims for unfair treatment and violating constitutional protections against discrimination on religious grounds.
“This hateful policy is a catastrophe all around – not only for those who simply want to travel, work, or study here in the States, but for those seeking safety from violence as well,” Ryan Mace of Amnesty International USA said in a statement.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trump criticized his country’s immigration system.
He said, “We inherited a lot of different things, but of all of them, immigration makes the least sense. It’s a hodge-podge of laws that have been put together over the years and we have to change it. It’s so simple. It’s called, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t come in’.”